Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bike Style Video


Hey there little friends! We had a glimpse of spring and then it was cruelly snatched away from us by another little coldsnap. It's amazing how once we have a few nice days my students think they can come to school without coats. Eesh, it was only 30 something yesterday! Anyway I digress. In inspiration for spring I wanted to share this tiny little video with you all. Modcloth emailed a few souls and asked them to talk about what they would wear on a bike ride, so I happily obliged and made this blip of a video which is narry a minute long. It might have been longer, but about half the videos Sean shot of me (bless his heart) were terribly blurry so I had to work with what I had ;) It was fun to make and certainly makes me long for warm weather bike rides! Enjoy!
 

 



Proverbs 27:1
Do not boast about tomorrow,
    for you do not know what a day may bring.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Outfit: Let the Rummaging Begin


Greetings! While the weather has taken another little downward turn, I'm still basking in the glow of last week and all of those 60-70 degree days. It was in the 70's here on Saturday, so Sean and I decided to do our first bit of rummage sale-ing which is my (and I think secretly Sean's too) favorite Saturday activity. It gets us out walking and exploring our city. Plus it's much better than traditional shopping. There are things for both of us to look at instead of one of us being bored while I look at clothes or he looks at electronics. It's also such a cheap way to quell that shopping itch. This past weekend we found a beautiful quilt for our guest bed, several books, and a couple of other little treasures, it was a great day! 



I went for a four mile run that morning, so my wet hair went up into a bun, and I donned my new Hot Paris Pink lipstick. I just have to complement Wet'n'Wild on their lipstick collection. I hate spending money on beauty products, and at 96 cents a tube, I can justify trying out a new shade every now and then.

This little man-made reservoir/lake is a few blocks away from our house in our neighborhood and I kind of freaked out when I found the quirky mint green benches along this little trail. Can I get one for my house please?












Have a splendid Monday Peaches!
God Bless,
KJA

Romans 6:8-9
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 


Wearing:
Dress- Old navy, Similar
Shoes- Ked's, Similar
Bag- Target, Similar
Sunglasses- Kohl's, Similar
Barrette, Socks- Kohl's 
Blouse- TJ Maxx

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Devotional: Combating Lies 9

Good morning all! It's time again for a Sunday Devotional. My series right now is looking at different lies that we may believe about ourselves, and how to combat those lies using scripture. Here are number one, number two,  number three number fournumber fivenumber 6number 7, and number 8 if you are interested!

The ninth lie is this: I need to continue being a fearful, anxious person. 

The truth is: I am free from fear!

Key Scriptures:

Psalm 34:4-I sought the Lord, and he answered me;  he delivered me from all my fears.

2 Timothy 1:7-For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

1 Peter 5:7-Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.

1 John 4:18-There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

Friends, this is such a personal one for me...I'm not sure if it's because I am a slightly anxious person, but fear is something I struggle with almost daily. I am that weird person that is scared to get up and go to the bathroom in the dark at night, because obviously I'm 5 years old instead of 25. I am that introvert who after spending time in social situations has to analyze everything in my head before I can sleep at night. I am that crazy person who has experienced death and sickness in my family in the past, and so I am plagued with fear for every single family member in my life, even going so far as to having nightmares about them being ill, etc. I am inherently fearful.

Several years ago, when  I was a young teen I would wake up several times in the middle of the night each night from nightmares and see only the darkness in my bedroom. I learned simply to pray, and pray without ceasing as the only way to keep my fears at bay. Through prayer I was able to tangibly feel God's presence and know that he was protecting me from whatever cruddy images my mind was producing.
Then last year, when Sean and I moved into our new house we got a rock thrown through our window on the second night we slept in our bedroom. Glass flew across the foot of our bed and the sound was like a gunshot to a sleeping person. That day Sean had to go to work so I was home alone and I just remember walking around an unfamiliar/new house with unfamiliar sounds and experiencing paralyzing fear at times thinking that someone else was in the house with me/robbing us, any number of horrible things. The only way to get through those times was to remember the above verses. To remember how much God cares about my fears and anxieties (even the silly ones) and is willing to deliver me from those fears if only I would call out to him for help.
 I pretty much go through my days in a constant state of open communication with God. Sorry (not sorry)  if this makes me seem weird to all of you, but just knowing that I have the strength and protection of the Lord with me at all times is what helps me to overcome those things that could otherwise take my time captive and leave me in hermit-mode. 

God's perfect love will drive out fear in your life. It perhaps isn't immediate, but it is certainly evident. I am living proof of that. 



 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Happy Birthday Hubby!

This is in no way a fashion-y post, but it is Sean's birthday today! He is a pretty cool guy so I wanted to show a few fun pictures of he and I, and of course the kitties! I'm so lucky to have this guy in my life. He's been with me through thick and thin for nearly four years of marriage so I couldn't be more grateful for all he does for us and both of our families as well. 
Happy Birthday my darling!

September 2013
 
March 2014

Above and below: Camping in 2011

 August 2013

God Bless!
KJA


Ephesians 5:33
However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Inspiration: Bike Style


With the weather being so delicious on a select few days recently, I was lucky enough to get to pull out my bike for one of those days! I actually was making a bike style video to send to Modcloth (I will be sharing that later on!) and it was just a perfect day for polka dots, floral, and a bit of spring. I got my bike a couple of years ago and absolutely love it. It is the retro style I wanted with still having the function of a few speeds (I think this is an 8 speed bike?). Plus the yellow walled tires! Eep!
When trying to decide what to wear on a bike ride, I had a myriad of inspiration from google, pinterest, etc. One trend that I kept coming across in vintage photos was just a simple collared blouse/sweater combination, either worn with a skirt or short trousers of some kind. I added a bit of print mixing and a dash of quirky and there you have it!











The weather was so lovely yesterday that Sean and I took a super long walk around our neighborhood and actually found a street we haven't walked down before. We found a lake and a new little park too! It's a bit of  a jaunt from our house, but it's always neat to find out more about the areas closest to you, instead of just being little hermit crabs in your own basement. Hopefully more adventuring to come this spring and summer!

God Bless, Friends!

KJA


Hebrews 1:3
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

Wearing:
Top- Grandmother's
Skirt and Matching Scarf- Rummage Sale
Shoes- Ked's, Similar

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spring Trip to the Black Hills

Here are some pictures from this past weekend when I went to the Black Hills with my husband's family! They rented out a gorgeous cabin and we packed just about as much as we could into two days. We got to see a bit of the pretty scenery, eat at a fun little cafe, play some Settlers of Catan, and just relax a bit! I am so thankful for a little getaway with some beautiful weather after the bitterly cold winter we just experienced. It was magical! Here are just a few snaps and family photos from the weekend.


The top bedroom on the balcony had a a window that overlooked the rest of the cabin. It was pretty glorious and I joked to everyone that I was going to wake them up early in the morning by singing at the top of my lungs for my animal minions like a Disney Princess. They were slightly amused, and also slightly terrified that I was being serious. I never joke about singing though. Never.
:)



Above photo by Sean's father


Above photo by Sean's father










I did up my hair in a fishtail braid and little roll. I pretty much wore a scarf all weekend because, you know. Washing hair is for people who have way too much time on their hands. :)





We decided to take a couple of group photos with the remote to my camera. For this last one I yelled out, "Funny faces!" Apparently Sean's family doesn't do funny faces because myself and Sean's twin sister were the only two who obliged. Oh well, maybe next time, haha. Until then, Brandy and I will have to look like goofs together!


That's all for today!
Have a glorious Tuesday :)

God Bless,
KJA


Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.